12. - Wagging the Tail.

The Twelve Positions Aspects of Wei to 564

With upright legs and outstretched arms.

Pushing the hands to the ground.

Fix the eyes and raise the head.

Settle the thoughts and think of nothing else.

Raise the head and feet.

One and twenty times.

On each side stretching the arms.

Take seven as the limit.

Still more to perform the sitting kung.

Bend one leg under the other and hang down the eyelids.

Fix the mouth to the heart.

Equalize the breath by the nose.

When enter the state of quietsim, then arise.

The exercise is then complete.

Examine these methods.

There are 12 illustrations.

From the time of the Five Kingdoms.

Who has really learned this method?

Tamo came from the West.

Spread the doctrines at Shao-lin-sze.

In the Sung there was Yueh-how.

As an example.

Can cure disease and lengthen life's span.

These exercises are unique and incomparable. See No. 12.

The Nine Figures to Remove Disease and Lengthen Life.

No. 1. - Place the three middle fingers of the two hands in the "hollow of the heart" (depression below the ensiform cartilage, the heart of good people being supposed to be in the centre) and beginning on the left side rub round 21 times.

No. 2. - Ditto, but rub downwards to the high bone below the navel (pubic bone).

No. 3. - Ditto, but at the pubic bone divide the hands and rub up to the "heart hollow" and bring the hands together again and the exercise is finished.

No. 4. - Ditto, but rub straight down at once to the pubic bone 21 times.

No. 5. - With the right hand rub from the left round the navel 21 times.

No. 6. - Ditto, with the left hand from the right side 21 times.

No. 7. - Place the left hand on the left loin, the thumb to the front, the four remaining fingers behind gently nipping the part; use the three middle fingers of the right hand and place them below the left nipple and push down at once to the groin 21 times. No. 8. - Ditto, on the right.

No. 9. - The rubbing finished, sit crosslegged, let the thumbs of the hands press the Tse furrows (i.e., the base wrinkles of the 4th finger. The Chinese reckon the 12 "Earthly Branches" beginning at this point, then the corresponding wrinkles of the middle and index fingers, then the remaining two wrinkles on the forefinger with the apex, then the apices of the next three fingers and the three remaining wrinkles of the little finger) then flex the four fingers, keeping the fingers apart; press the two knees; bend also the toes; twist the thorax from the left to the front and from the right to the back, making in all 21 revolutions. When this is finished perform from the right side, in a similar manner, 21 times. If according to the foregoing method you wish the body directed to the left, rotate the chest and shoulders outside the level of the left knee and rest them upon the left knee, the right in like manner; then bend the back like a bow. Don't twist the loins too much, nor too quickly, nor with too much force. The simple illustrations are omitted for want of space. In rubbing the abdomen, collect the spirits, empty the heart of all worldly affairs, let the pillow not be too high - the mat must be level; lie flat on the back, the feet extended the same length; flex the fingers, gently rub the abdomen - go through the eight figures one after the other; this constitutes one course, which is to be performed 7 times; then rise, sit and make 21 revolutions; in the morning, at noon and in the evening; the first and last must not be neglected on any account. At the first kung take two courses; after three days, each kung must consist of 5 courses and after another similar period each kung must comprise 7 courses. This is the rule for both sexes. In the parturient condition, the female is to intermit the exercises.

Another work, and the last we shall mention on this subject, is entitled Fu-ch'i-chu-ping-t'u-shwo, The Twelve Positions Aspects of Wei to 565 which may thus be translated: -

A Treatise, with plates, on Swallowing Air in the cure of Disease, published in 1846 and containing 64 illustrations. As active gymnastic exercises, not passive and contemplative, they might, with profit, be introduced into our schools and military academies. We give below the brief description of the figures and regret that our space prevents the insertion of the diagrams.